August 2017
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The objective of this project is to better understand the interface of topography and hydrology on the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. Using a combination of empirical data and model development, our team seeks to better understand how water moves throughout the preserve. By using a combination of modeling (e.g., HEC-RAS) and data collected in a variety of ways -- including but not limited to pressure transducers, timelapse imagery, aerial LiDAR and imagery, and RTK GPS surveys -- over a large area and long periods of time, we will develop a better understanding of potential management strategies for the preserve and evaluate the feasibility of potential hydrological restoration activities.